Adapted from the British series Gavin & Stacey, FOX's single-camera comedy pilot Friends & Family will star Jason Ritter (Parenthood) and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) as Gavin and Stacey, a young couple in a long-distance relationship who became friends through Skype and Facebook. They finally meet and hit it off, but must learn how to integrate their polarizing family and friends into each other's lives.
Two of the family roles have been capably filled with talented veteran actors. Known for his work in both comedy and drama, the versatile Kurt Fuller will play Gavin's father Michael, a curmudgeon described as "full of piss and balsamic vinegar" who drives his feisty wife Pam crazy.
Featured in the December edition of "It's That Guy!" by TV Rage's own Kimberly Ainsworth, Fuller has appeared in over 150 films and television shows and made his name as one of the most memorable character actors of the last 25 years. He is frequently cast as a slimy and/or smarmy executive in films like Ghostbusters II and No Holds Barred, and recently had recurring roles on USA Network's Psych, NBC's Parenthood, and The CW's Supernatural. Fuller's last regular TV role was in the sitcom Better With You, which lasted one season on ABC.
On the other side of the family, Reno 911! creator/star Kerri Kenney-Silver will play Gwen, Stacey's unattached mother. Simple, cozy, and a little bit country, Gwen is bashful yet intrigued by the eHarmony account her daughter has set up for her.
In addition to Reno 911!, Kenney was a creator/writer and performer on MTV sketch comedy series The State and has appeared in feature comedies Role Models, Wanderlust, and The Ten. Recently, she has logged guest-starring stints on The New Normal, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and Adult Swim's NTSF:SD:SUV. If you like your comedy quirky, chances are you've seen her in something.
The "friends" side of the equation includes Gavin's roommate and friend Smithy, played by standup comedian Dustin Ybarra. Ashlie Atkinson has also been cast in an unspecified role. She has appeared in one-off roles on a variety of TV shows including 30 Rock, Boardwalk Empire, Louie, and two Law & Order spinoffs: Criminal Intent and Special Victims Unit.
Are you familiar with the original? How do you like the cast for the American version?